Discover the Cradle of Human Culture

Discover the Cradle of Human Culture

Journey back in time to trace the origins and development of human culture over the past 100 000 years, and uncover the mysteries of what it means to be human. From ornately decorated ostrich eggs and seashell beads to carefully crafted bone tools and beautifully executed rock art, you will discover humanity’s earliest use of symbolism, art and technology – and find your own roots in the process. 

The story of humans began millions of years ago at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Gauteng in the north of South Africa, but the narrative continues along the coastlines, including the Western Cape. Here, our earliest ancestors started to harness their spirituality, use fire and tools, and illustrate abstract thought. Here, too, they learnt to adapt their behaviour and diet to their environment. 

The Cradle of Human Culture encircles a vast area – Diepkloof Rock Shelter on the Cape West Coast; Blombos Cave near Stilbaai; and Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay – your trip to the Cradle of Human Culture does not start or end with these three sites.Choose a journey, and start your road trip. 

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